Dean of Communication Science
Michigan State University
United States

Dean of Communication Science


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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Provost And Academic Affairs
Department: Provost Evp For Academic Affairs 10050692
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Tenure System Faculty, Academic Management, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences is the executive administrator of the College and reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Faculty Affairs. The Dean provides executive leadership and works directly with the four department chairs, the director of the School of Journalism, and the general manager of WKAR to administer the educational, research, and service missions of the College.

The College of Communication Arts and Sciences (ComArtSci) is a pioneer in its own right. Established in 1955, during Michigan State's Centennial year, ComArtSci was the first such college in the country. Today, with over 3,500 students and more than 58,000 alums, it is among the largest and most respected. With internationally ranked programs and internationally renowned faculty members, MSU's ComArtSci prepares students for careers across a broad spectrum of the arts and sciences of communication. Employees of ComArtSci reflect diverse areas of expertise and employment types within the University, which include 15 continuing system academic specialists; 79 fixed term faculty and academic specialists; 78 tenure system faculty; and more than 100 professional, technical, and administrative support staff.

ComArtSci's undergraduate, masters and doctoral students are enrolled in 21 programs within the college’s five units. ComArtSci prepares students for careers in areas such as communications, public relations, journalism (including broadcast and sports), game design, and communication disorders. Students and faculty work together to create feature-length films, produce award-winning news features, and become leaders in communication research. ComArtSci has the strength, skill, and talent to serve the common good nationally and globally.

In 2021 the College launched its ambitious Strategic Plan 2021-2026 to build on the many existing strengths of the College: a deep commitment to Michigan State University’s land-grant ideal of empowerment through education and outreach; ComArtSci’s vibrant intellectual culture and reputation for excellence in research & creative works; and MSU's rich tradition of innovative teaching and learning. The new Dean will join an extraordinary group of colleagues and a global network of constituents as they continue to pursue the College's and University's strategic imperatives.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Field in Communications discipline

Minimum Requirements

  • A record of scholarship and/or professional achievement worthy of designation as a Full Professor at Michigan State
  • Significant administrative experience within a research-intensive university or similarly complex environment
  • Experience with strategic visioning, planning, and implementation
  • A record of advancing the representation, participation, and success of under-represented persons and historically marginalized groups, and of advancing compositional diversity
  • Experience in fundraising and active involvement in relationship building
  • Collaborative, team-oriented approach to leadership and administration; inclusive decision-making style; ability to build consensus
  • Evidence of building an inclusive culture that honors and respects the experience and backgrounds of every member of the community and reflects a high degree of global awareness.

Desired Qualifications

Preferred Attributes of Candidates

  • Empathy, compassion, understanding
  • Evidence of creating an environment for individuals to be successful in securing competitive extramural funding 
  • Active professional involvement in or scholarship focused on the international/global dimensions of subjects relevant to the disciplines and fields addressed by the College
  • A commitment to and a record of support for teaching and the continued professional development of individuals
  • Evidence of and potential for curricular and research collaboration across academic units
  • Demonstrated creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurism, including identifying and empowering the adoption of new and emerging technologies across all degree programs
  • Outstanding communication skills coupled with enthusiasm for engaging with the broader community, including alumni/ae, industry partners, community organizations, donors, and government, among others.

Required Application Materials

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume, a statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance MSU’s commitment to inclusive excellence, and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Michigan State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by September 12, 2023.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Lucy Leske, Melissa Fincher and Sarah Seavey

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MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Jul 20, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 20, 2025 Eastern Daylight Time

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